CEO of Domain Russia Investments Joins the Lavin Center Advisory BoardThe Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Board of Advisors consists of some of San Diego’s most prominent business leaders. The Advisors guide the direction of the Center, provide strategic and tactical support, and increase collaborations within the business community. This summer, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center welcomes the newest member of the Advisory Board -- Tatiana Saribekian, CEO of Domain Russia Investments! Prior to joining the Domain Russia Investments, she was an Executive in Residence at Domain Associates, a leading US-based life sciences venture capital firm. Ms. Saribekian earned both her Bachelors in Marketing and MBA from SDSU. She also holds a Law degree from Moscow State Law Academy. In 2005, Ms. Saribekian was selected Fortune Small Business magazine as one of the most entrepreneurial students from her MBA program. The Lavin Center is thrilled to have her international experience and knowledge on our team!
Tatiana Saribekian The Lavin Center Advisory Board Domain Russia Investments Domain Associates
SDSU and SDG&E Assist Diverse Business Enterprise Companies in San DiegoSan Diego State University has been hosting annual SDG&E and SDSU Capstone programs since 2010. The programs are mainly focused at delivering a comprehensive and pragmatic solution to provide Diverse Business Enterprises with the tools necessary to succeed in a competitive business environment. On June 5, 2013, SDSU and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center invited over twenty companies that previously attended one of the fall programs over the past three years to participate in the 2013 Capstone Business Opportunities Seminar. Twenty executives attended the event to reconnect and share their experiences, insights and success since completing the seminar.
During the first panel presentation, SDG&E managers presented current and upcoming opportunities in construction, environmental services, facilities, and information technology business areas. A second panel featured prime contractors to SDG&E discussing subcontracting and performance requirements as well as immediate and near-term subcontracting opportunities. Three course graduates constituted the last panel discussing their success in achieving their strategic growth plan objectives.
SDG&E SDG&E Strategic Growth Planning for Entrepreneurs
SDSU Alums' Successful Kickstarter Campaign and Start-Up 3D Printing CompanyLast year, three SDSU alumni Coby Kabili, Mike Pilkington and Braydon Moreno started working on a low-cost, open source and easy to use 3D printer that every technically savvy person has been waiting for. "The initial market was very tech oriented, and was mostly open for people who are professionally interested in mock-ups and sculptures," said Braydon Moreno, the co-founder of RoBo 3D, a company focused on producing innovative 3D printers. "Right now, 3D printing is slowly moving to the everyday consumer, from architects to students and home owners," he said. In February 2013, RoBo 3D raised $650,000 on Kickstarter, exceeding the initial goal of $49,000 and sold over 1200 items worldwide within the first 4 months. Recently, RoBo 3D was also selected to be on ABC’s show "Shark Tank" this fall to pitch to the panel of investors. "Starting a business involves a lot. We did not understand the complexity of it," said Braydon.
Coby Kabili has a Bachelor's degree in Bioengineering, and gained experience working in different fields that include orthotics and microelectromechanical systems research. Braydon Moreno has a BS in Management specializing in Entrepreneurship. He has worked in internet marketing, focusing on SEO, social media marketing, and advertising campaigns. Mike Pilkington has a Public Administration degree and is an ultimate machine shop guru.
RoBo 3D Kickstarter "Shark Tank" on ABC
Andrew Haines – the 1st Recipient of the Larry and Madeline Petersen ScholarshipThe Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is excited to announce the inaugural Larry and Madeline Petersen Scholarship Award winner! Andrew Haines, an undergraduate student majoring in Electrical Engineering, and an active member of Entrepreneur Society, has recently become the recipient of the award. The Larry and Madeline Petersen Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship provides substantial support to upper division, full-time students, encouraging them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams and transform their ideas and inventions into profitable businesses.
Andrew is a Lavin Entrepreneur student who has been successfully combining his electrical engineering knowledge and his passion for entrepreneurship. "I have been living entrepreneurially in my daily life," he said. Andrew will invest the financial award into his educational endeavors to further his dreams.
SDSU College of Engineering Entrepreneur Society Larry & Madeline Petersen Scholarship